Study in Australia

2020 Applications Are Closed

30 April 2019 

May–Aug 2019

 Sep 2019

Oct–Nov 2019

Jan–Mar 2020

Intake 2020 scholarship applications close 

Application assessment, testing, and interviews

Applicants notified

Mandatory Pre-departure Training

Travel to Australia—dates vary

Update on Australia Awards Scholarships Intake 2020

Shortlisted applicants for Australia Awards Scholarships Intake 2020, for long-term study in Australia, have now been notified.

We thank all applicants for their interest in Australia Awards Scholarships.  While you might be disappointed if your application was unsuccessful, we wish to provide the following feedback in case helpful for future applications.

Ineligible or Non-Compliant Applications

Over 1380 applications were received for Intake 2020.  Over 70% of these applications were deemed ineligible or non-compliant and did not progress through the assessment process.

Ineligible means the applicant did not meet the eligibility criteria specified in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook (section 2) or the Papua New Guinea Country Profile.

Non-compliant means the applicant did not provide the supporting documents listed in the Papua New Guinea Country Profile.

The top five reasons for ineligibility or non-compliance were:

  1. Undergraduate applicants applied for a course that is already offered in Papua New Guinea
  2. Applicant had less than two years’ experience in their professional field
  3. Applicants employed in the public sector did not meet Government of Papua New Guinea requirements as explained on the Department of Personnel Management’s website
  4. Research applicants were not employed in in a research or training position and/or did not provide written confirmation from their proposed supervisor and/or did not provide a detailed research proposal and/or two academic referee reports
  5. Applicants did not provide:
  • a completed Reintegration Plan (using the template provided on the AAPNG website) and/or
  • a Professional Support Statement (using the template provided on the AAPNG website) and/or
  • Valid proof of citizenship – as specified in the County profile and/or
  • Certified academic qualifications and transcripts

In addition, many applicants provided unnecessary documents such as attainment and participation certificates for short courses/workshops, high school certificates (when applying for a post-graduate course) and marriage certificates.

Further feedback following scholarships’ announcement

We will provide further general feedback about how applications might be improved, once Australia Awards Scholarships Intake 2020 has been announced in August 2019.


Australia Awards Scholarships Papua New Guinea

Australia’s international development assistance in Papua New Guinea helps promote prosperity, reduce poverty, and enhance political stability.

Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development. Through study and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia.

Applicants are assessed on their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact development challenges in Papua New Guinea.

Applications are strongly encouraged from women, people with disability and those living in rural or remote areas.

2020 Six Priority Sectors 

Sector and study priorities reflect the priorities of the PNG-Australia Partnership and the PNG Medium Term Development Plan III.


Agricultural economics
Aquaculture and marine studies
Climate change studies
Conservation sciences
Food security
Plant science and technology
Soil Science
Supply chain management, supply chain innovation and logistics studies
Sustainable agriculture


Clinical education
Companion animal studies
Exercise science
facility/infrastructure management
Family and sexual violence prevention
Family planning
Health economics
Health information management
Health management
Health promotion
Immunology, Infection and Microbiology
Infectious diseases
Logistics management
Mental health
Nutrition and dietetics
Occupational health and safety, and environmental health
Occupational therapy and rehabilitative services
Orthotics and prosthetics
Population health
Public health
Sexual and reproductive health
Speech therapy


Clinical education
Climate Change studies
Dietetics and nutrition (for schools)
Digital learning and technology (for teaching)
Education leadership
Exercise and sports science
Health education
Health Promotion for schools
Human movement (sports teaching)
Mathematics teaching
Nutrition and population health for schools
Outdoor and environmental education
Reading and literacy
Science teaching
Secondary education
Special and Inclusive Education
Sports education
Sustainable Development
Teaching Practice

Law & Justice

Commercial Law
Criminology and corrections
Cybersecurity/ Cyber-governance
Employment/Labour Relations Law
Environmental Law
Human Rights Law (including disability)
Forensic science
Intellectual Property Law
Justice and regulation
Maritime policy
Police studies
Security Policy
Security and Strategic Studies
Security management


Banking and finance
Banking and finance law
Business economics
Climate change
Disability policy and practice
Economics and public policy
Electronic business/e-commerce
Construction Law
Environmental design
Environmental engineering and pollution control
Environmental governance
Environmental law and policy
Environmental management
Environmental planning
Environmental and resource economics
Environmental risk assessment and remediation
Governance and leadership
Innovation and Enterprise
Mining/Energy/Resources Law
Risk management
Sustainable built environment
Sustainable development
Sustainability and climate policy

Transport & Infrastructure

Civil engineering
Design Science
Disaster Resilience
Emergency and disaster management
Environmental governance
Environmental planning
Facilities Management
Fire Safety and Risk Engineering
Geographic Information Science
Geology and Geophysics
Health management
Infectious disease intelligence
Integrated Water Management
Marine engineering
Marine and logistics management
Mining engineering
Petroleum engineering and geoscience
Planning; Public health
Sustainable Development
Urban, environment and regional planning;
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Water Treatment
Water Resource Management


Intake 2019 Awards for Masters by Coursework


Intake 2019 Awards to Female Applicants


Intake 2019 Awards to Public Sector Employees


Intake 2019 Awards to People Working in the Provinces

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